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that night pretty well disillusioned as !
to the amiable qualities of Miss Vera
Moore. She had treated him cooly.
He doubted if she had ever really
loved- him. The next time he called,
her sister Eugenie informed him that
Vera was not at home. She made it
pleasant for him the brief time he
stayed. Luke could not but notice
that she was trying to apologize for
her high-tempered sister and cheer
him up at the same time.
She was older than Vera, but for
the first time he observed her gentle,
sympathetic face". She talked to him
about the little home he had bought,
and said wistf ullyj
"I do hope Vera will .come around
to finding love in a cottage a real
happiness." But Luke doubted that
He heard later that Vera had be,en
out promenading with two young
men of the town. She was insolently
neglectful of him at times. Then
came bad news. The little cottage at
Benham had burned dbwn. No in
surance. Two days later Luke re
ceived a brief note. It was from
Vera, and it ran "I ask to be releas
ed from our engagement"
Luke Maydwell read the note with
satisfaction and was ashamed of him
self further, with a sense of relief,
and was surprised. He made a gen
tlemanly reply to the note in harmony
with the wishes of his imperious lady
love of the past. He called upon Vera
and in a frank manly fashion tried to
make her feel that he did not blame
"I'm pretty poor, that's a fact," he
told her, "but I would have worked
for you my hardest."
A young' man called just then to
take Vera out driving. She put on
her things and left Luke with a heart
"Norma, will entertain you, Luke,"
she said, and, turning to the sister in
question, Luke saw shining in her
tender eyes a trace of tears.
"I am ashamed of her, Luke," she
spoke quite indignantly. "You are too
good for her."
"I don't seem to be good enough for
anybody," remarked Luke, but with a
"I would feel honored to be your
friend," said Norma, and then blushed a
at her temerity.
"I take you at your word," declared-
It was wonderful how well they goto
on. A natural sequence resulted.
Within a month Luke Maydwell was"
the happiest man in the world. He
had found real love at last. Vera had
become engaged to a new flame. Six
months later Luke and Norma were
arranging for their wedding.
She had induced him to go down'
to Benham and arrange to build a-"l
new cottage. L
"Never mind how small and poor it
may be, dear," she said, "it will be
the start of a home " J
"You dear creature!" cried the
grateful Luke. "I'll build you a -palace
yet, if it's only to show how I ap-c
predate your delight in being a poor
Norma met him at the door when
he returned from his visit to Benham.
His honest heart warmed as he con-J
trasted the glad welcome she gave
him with the past forgotten and for-J
given reception awarded him by her
sister on a previous occasion.
"Well, dear?" she chirped happily,
"the cottage?" "
"Can't be built," reported Luke,
shaking his head positively. i
Norma almost turned pale. c
"Oh, dear, don't say so!" she
breathed pleadingly i ,
"Sorry, but we will have to alter all
ow plans, dear," declared Luke. "IncJ
fact, I have decided to remain here."3
"Oh, how you disappoint me!" mur-q
mured Norma. "I had so set my heart:
on day by day working to make oneq
small beginning a task of pleasant''
duty and ambition.
"I am thinking of buying the house'
left vacant by Judge Sherman," re-"-marked
Vera, who was listening to the con-E
versation, gave Luke a sarcastic
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